I consider myself healthy, let me to you my wife & I have no plans to jump on a plane in any great hurry...
With QF’s announcement I’d expect things to get worse before they get better...
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From what I have read there is increasing evidence that even milder cases of covid-19 can cause long term damage to the circulatory system which may not always be immediately obvious and lead to increased risk of strokes and other issues. Many sufferers are also reporting long term chronic fatigue rendering them unable to work, which is not good from an economic perspective. Then add an ideological obsession with austerity leading to job cuts, less disposable income and household belt tightening, all meaning less travel (unless you think it'll work *this* time...).
How can anyone book with confidence?
On the positive side I've heard second hand from our experts that there is confidence in getting a working vaccine.
I foresee a number of countries, possibly including Australia, following Japan's lead and opening up to limited number of business travellers, for which they will presumably require a visa or strong evidence of a business relationship. This makes sense from a contact tracing perspective. I guess using the premium heavy QF789s makes sense in this context.
Interesting that Taiwan is not being talked about more as a destination. Or is it a desire not to offend Mainland China?
What about the Jetstar 788s? While Qantas will not want to spend any money on refurbishment or rebranding right now, are there any contexts where they might make sense for use instead of, say, the A330s they replaced in Jetstar?